TRACKING THE CURRENT POSITION OF THE CHURCH IN
THE UTILIZATION OF THE PRESENT INTERNET
TECHNOLOGY AS WE CELEBRATE 500 YEARS OF
MARTIN LUTHER REFORMATION AND
THE PRINTING PRESS TECHNOLOGY
By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola
In the past ten years or so, we have seen what some leaders referred to as ‘rebellion’ in the church, in the sense that many of their flocks now have open access to express their own view and experience of faith and spiritual encounters without necessarily standing behind a church pulpit, or some form of formal church gatherings.
And the fact is, most of these folks who now have internet access to utilize the medium of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms might never have had the opportunity to be given the mic to share their experience and testimony of their spiritual dealings and walk with Christ because they are seen as spiritually unworthy enough to share the front role stage of the church with some of the ‘most spiritual’, and highly influential rich folks.
The world of internet and social media like your WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube has not only given the opportunity for everyone to express themselves, and learn something new, but has also given everyone the platform to become a voice, and of cause, hear the voice of everyone, regardless of their spiritual background and orientation.
REFORMATION AND THE HARLOT SYSTEM
Few days ago, the church and the nations celebrated 500 years of Martin Luther reformation. There’s no doubt that the turning-point of that reformation was the invention of the printing press that accelerated the truth coming out of the reformation tribe. The repressive religious system of the catholic church could no longer stop the reformation movement even with all their resources and manpower’s. The church and the nations were finally free, and the freedom came through the loss of many lives, but majorly through the printing press breakthrough technology that spread and accelerated the knowledge of the reformation.
Heaven finally crushed that wicked harlot system, called organized religion. The people of God through the ministry of the invention of the press and others who were strategically position for that season brought liberation to humanity. The back of the dark age was broken, and a new day of spiritual and social freedom was ushered into the earth through a company that will not be broken by the spirit of religious witchcraft and illegitimate leadership.
INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE SPIRIT OF REFORMATION
It is crystal clear as a noon day that the present church and the nations are in the midst of another powerful reformation just as it was in the days of Martin Luther. The father has also made available to us the technology and platform of the internet, and social media networks to express his current truth, which unfortunately has also been almost captured, and limited behind the walls of certain churches, organized religion, and what some call apostolic networks since the late 80s. The release of the internet platform and the establishment of powerful social media has indeed accelerated the move of God in this season in a manner most pastors and church leaders are afraid to face.
The reality is, the false narrative they’ve built in the past in terms of how the want their congregation and the rest of the world to view them has been knocked down through the open source internet platforms. Since pride, deceit, and arrogance were the strong driving force behind their guardedness and protectionism philosophy of ministry, and the Lord desire his people to be built up so they can step into their ordained destiny, the father had to create these interconnectivity social media hub to spiritually speak to his people in a manner that will instruct and equip them. Now here is the other side of the coin.
IMMATURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW SEASON
Many of those who now have access to this vast world of internet and social media, like the children of Israel who came out of the land of bondage don’t have the right cultural value and understanding of engagement on this platform unfortunately. Many of them are ignorant, rude, prideful and carnal in their interaction.
Many things are happening on the social media platform in regards to the shaking and rebuilding of the foundation of the house of God that may seem confusing, and sometimes abusive of the grace and eldership of those who have been sent to lead in the spirit of this project of re-construction, and I quickly want to address this misguidance.
The internet and social media age is one of the greatest technologies of our time, given to build, empower, and leverage our capacity with those who have already been resourced with the necessary competence and skill and insight. The social media platform is divinely engineered by Christ to close all socioeconomic and religious/spiritual disparities.
Some of us who were living on stale bread of the 80s, or early 90s revelation of Christianity have been accelerated into the current speakings of the father in this new day, and I know that many are still struggling to adjust because we’ve not been properly adjusted and orientated on this new direction of interaction, but I am certain that we shall all be equalized as we allow the Spirit of Christ to lead us as we open up in the spirit of truth and honesty.
There’s no doubt that the internet Christian ministry is still very much in its developmental stage, at list here in Africa, and we need to recognize this in order to allow us to develop the right capacity and skill to manage how we engage on this platforms. The spiritual regulation of how we utilize the social media in the process of the building of the house of God which is our lives must be addressed.
OVERSIGHT AND GUIDIANCE OF THE NEW DAY
The inability to strategically manager how we use the social media networks as Christians is almost truncating the very purpose of this strategic, prophetic global media platforms. Someone needs to start waking up to the very essence of the social media platform. We need to start teaching and correcting, even rebuking certain folks who uses the social media to express their own selfish agenda and ungodly way, that’s if they claim to be members of the body of Christ. If they are not member of the church of the Lord, we have no right to rebuke them but to correct them in love and that is based on what the word of God informs us.
The fact that we are not in a physical [building] house does not give us the right to discredit the ways and order of the things of the Spirit and the body of Christ. One of the things I have noticed in my interaction online is to realize the nature of work that still need to be carried out within the hearts of many who are members of the body of Christ.
There are things we have assumed that are not necessarily accurate in terms of the ways and culture of the kingdom of God. We need to learn how to balance or maybe leverage the human and spiritual resources exposed to us through the social media in our physical gatherings and fellowship as members of the church of the Lord. I can understand why certain men of God try to stay away from social media, especially Facebook, and that it’s because of the arrogance, rudeness, and insensitivity of certain folks.
Some have actually tried to use the social media to correct and even rebuke their pastors and elders in the church, and this is completely not acceptable. If you have any issue with your leaders or pastor, you have the right as a child of God to call the attention of how you feel to your leader regardless of how he or she may view your point.
Yes, I do understand that certain men of God have actually made themselves none approachable even to their members. Even with such leaders you can still either send them a mail or text, and if they refused to contact you, you can then inform their pastor friends about your plight in the spirit of humility. And if they still do not give you the necessary attention, having proven that you’ve satisfied your conscience, you are then free to leave such a house quietly without bitterness.
THOSE WHO WILL ENTER THE NEW DAY OF THE LORD
I am highlighting this point because we are stepping into a new spiritual season that demands that we precisely understand the sacredness of what the father is bringing us into or else, we will be denied entering the promised land, just as we see with the children of Israel, except for Caleb and Joshua who was said to have a different spirit of excellence.
Please note that you cannot just go on social media to express your feeling without considering what the word of God says regarding what you about to say. Don’t think that because they’re nobody physically monitoring your words, comments, and post online in terms of spiritual oversight gives you the authority or license to say anything, or do anything you wish without consequence. You’ve got to remember that we’ve been given this window of social media opportunity for one reason alone and that is for the rebuilding of the house of God.
CHURCH IS ORGANIZED, WITH A BORDERLESS SPIRIT
The church is not just a gathering of stone of words and revelation if you will without a clear, constructive, directives and structures of divine intent. We cannot abuse this spiritual moment of divine release through the spirit of Cyrus and start playing games with heaven’s mandate for this now moment.
Secondly, the very life nature of our movement which is born in the Spirit of the love of Christ allows us to walk in the spirit of a unified administration of the various grace, gifts, and callings in a manner that helps to reach and disciple nations as we are commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ. One of my personal spiritual [duties] assignment is to provide sound, doctrinal teachings, sourced through an advanced prophetic wisdom in other to give clear revelatory knowledge and insight of the way, the truth, and the divine life of Jesus Christ, as the only operating system of the church as she engages the nations even through the social media platform.
PRESSING FORTH IN THE MANDATE
To allow another philosophy that is rebellious and frivolous to penetrate the camp is to allow ourselves to be capture by the spirit of Egypt. The almost reliance of our identity and survival through the aggressive western, humanist culture is to abdicate the future of our movement to the hands of Pharaoh and Babylonians system of government which has already capture certain souls within the body of Christ. There is an urgent need to stop building randomly and start structuring systematically according to the spiritual pattern given to us.
The knowledge of the operation of the kingdom of God built through sound spiritual values and governmental system must be understood and followed to the letter in this season of systemic spiritual warfare. The vast reality of the released values and principles of the reformation and restoration of the house of God, through the hospice of a sound, apostolic system in dealing with the issue of immaturity and the protocol of divine interaction in this epoch must be firmly understood and utilized to the maximum.
Heaven has provided the body of Christ the tool of internet and social media to fast track our kingdom initiatives, and it is left to us to seize this moment before it’s too late in carrying out our prophetic mandate. We need to readjust our hearts and wineskin to this new direction of the Lord as we corporate with the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us as we build a system of kingdom lifestyle that can interface between a terrestrial and celestial church system.
The resources available for this present church must be clearly understood and utilized in a manner that should further build and empower the corporate body of Christ even to that reality of kingdom mandate in the 21st century. The way we see the body of Christ and the administration of church relationships and interaction, especially on cyber community must now be precisely redefined and upgraded with full flexibility, yet without compromising our apostolic doctrinal assignment and spiritual stand in engaging the high places.
The wineskin, or structure of past reformation emphasis is no longer good in sustaining the kind of momentum required to express the life of God within a humanistic system of thinking. learning to rep[resent the present prophetic voice of the father for the nations through the world of social media cannot be compromised. We must be very careful of how we represent our calling, grace and gift on social media and other platform of interaction in this day of the shifting of season.
This platform has no mercy for carnal frivolous behavioral lifestyle. Projecting wrong values and contrary principles within the walls of your church can lead to a serious backlash on social media because you don’t know who is listening and recording you. The issue is not about being overzealous by monitoring what we say in public; the issue is rather about challenging ourselves to align to the kind of life heaven has ordained for us both as leaders and followers of Christ.
We must raise a spiritual standard that is ten times better than the hypocritical system of Babylon. We must use the social media platforms and the rest of the technologies available to advance the knowledge of the kingdom of God especially amongst the Millennials.
We cannot afford to be weak or shortsighted in our engagement. We need an upgraded spiritual template with a strong prophetic spirit to marching on towards that place of impact. This is the best day for the church of the Lord. This is a new spiritual season for the Body of Christ. Welcome to the third day of kingdom manifestation.